Snowboard Review: 10-11 Capita Quiver Killer

13 May, 2010


Location: Stevens Pass & Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Snow Conditions: Sunny bluebird skies with hardpacked groomers.

Setup: I rode the Capita Quiver Killer with Union Force bindings and Vans Veil Boots size 8.

Size: 155cm.

First Impression: It’s been a couple years since riding the MHT/FCG now the Quiver Killer but it’s still the same good consistent ride down the mountain.

Weight: Average

Flex: The quiver killer has a stiffer longitudinal flex from tip to tail which makes it a stable ride down the mountain for freeriding but you have quicker response edge to edge from the torsional flex so you can really get into each turn on the slopes.  To be honest this board and camber go hand in hand, it’s still capable of fun with some bounce.

Turning: One of the surprises about the quiver killer is the quick edge to edge response, it’s a fast board to get on edge and you can pop out of one turn into the next.  Once on edge it’s consistent, there are no surprises and it won’t buck you out of a turn.  Whether doing long or short radius turns, you have the control over the board and it’ll give you what you want out of it.

Stable: In the pipe with icy or hardpacked walls, the quiver killer holds an edge and gives you a secure ride in some sketchy spots.  On the mountain, it can handle speed and the kevlar gives it more stability for charging.

Pop: Since I first rode the series, the board has pop and is alive on the mountain.  It’s that board you can pop ollies off the tail and get some good air with, in the pipe or in the park.  I’m still working on the park riding but I love the board in the pipe.  I did take into the Stevens Pass park and rode some boxes with it during my time on the board.  It still has some playfulness to how it handles and still pressable for the park.

Switch: The quiver killer has a directional flex so there’s some adjustment to riding it switch but it’s not impossible to ride switch.

Overall Impression: The quiver killer is a do-it all camber board, it’s excellent in the halfpipe for the stiffer longitudinal flex and outside of the park you can rip on the mountain with it.  It continues to be one of my favorite boards for consistency on the mountain and I love that it has camber because it suits the style of that board.

Shay’s Honesty Box: I’ve spent a lot of time on reverse camber/rocker but going back to a camber board is a pleasure too and so I grabbed the quiver killer knowing that I’d be back on a board I enjoy, consistent ride down the mountain and it was a good choice.  I ended up riding it in the Holy Oly quarterpipe and it helped get me up the vert knowing I had a board underneath that was perfectly suited to it.  We’ll see on next year how I do in the QP.

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Capita Quiver Killer description

Review Disclosure: I borrowed this board from C3 and returned the board to C3.

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11 Comments

  1. lee
    May 13, 2010

    Good review. You hit on all the points that I like about this board. Such a fun ride. Amazing no matter what terrain you ride it on. I would like to see it with a faster base but that’s really no issue.
    My uncle is riding mine now and its his first board after learning on rentals. He loves it.

  2. May 13, 2010

    Shay,

    I heard the board is a twin-shape but just has a longer nose. How much is it set-back?

    Congrats on your new job, hope you have a great time at windels this summer!!

    Regards,

    yuma

  3. May 15, 2010

    Thanks Lee, awesome your uncle is loving his.

    Yuma, that’s my mistake I only meant to put flex. The setback is .5 and the radial sidecut is directional. Thanks excited for summer myself!

  4. Ciff
    November 14, 2010

    Hey,

    I’ve been trying to decide if I should get a 159 or a 157 quiver killer. I am 6′ and weight 185lbs. I do most my riding in Ontario sadly so it’s pretty dinky hills for the most part with minimal powder. I want to be able to rip up the park in the morning and kill the glades in the afternoon. Do I get a 157 to maximize play, flex and manouverability or is it just alittle to small and I will still get all that play i need out of a 159 while having more edge hold for better free riding?

    Thanks dude.

  5. November 14, 2010

    Hey Ciff,

    2cm isn’t much of a difference you could go either way. I think you’ll find the 157 suitable enough for your conditions but if you want longer, go longer.

  6. lee
    November 14, 2010

    Cliff
    I had a 57 and I live in Michigan. Ice and man made galore there and it was a ton of fun. I also had a 59 BDST ( comparable board) and they both worked fine. I could rip trenches if I wanted and go hit the park and pipe with either. The other thing is I’m pretty much the same size as you sooooooo, I can relate. Make a choice and have some fun. 🙂

  7. Tyler
    November 15, 2010

    I am about 6’1&1/2″ and weigh 205lb. This board sounds like something I would like because I like doing a little bit of everything while at the slopes. Just wondering if a 159cm or 161cm would be better for me. Oh, and my shoe size is 12. I currently have been riding a 55cm Sims Kinetic Series from like 2005 or something(not quite sure its year). I was a little shorter when I got it but have been riding it until now, and I want a buy a new board. Any suggestions on sizing for me? (I do have to say I like the blue graphics better)

  8. Ciff
    November 15, 2010

    Thanks for the comments/advice. I just picked up the 157.

  9. dave
    January 04, 2011

    Bought the 159, had it sitting in my room for at least a week before I could take it out. Switched from a 2007 Ride Crush 156. What a world of difference.

    This board MURDERED IT. So sick. The edge holds like super glue, nothing like the old whip. Could trust it to take me left or right without hesitation. Point it forward and set it off, no chatter or noise, just silky-smooth responsive action. Sick pop to it, giving almost the perfect amount of kick when ollying little rollers.

    It was so much fun. Had a coat of sub-zero wax thrown on for the conditions today too, absolutely sick. Was riding and in my head thinking “QUIVER KILLER” and totally relating to the concept behind the name. It kills anything, you can trust it to represent your steez and that’s it. Roll out the mentality.

  10. lachlan
    January 08, 2011

    hey man was wondering if you could tell me how tall/heavy you are and if you felt the 155 was a good length/flex for you.

    thanks, lachlan